Study the stories of the past, and you’ll better understand the present—and be more adequately prepared for the future. As a history major at Northwestern, you’ll learn about people: where they’ve been, what they’ve done, how they think, and who they’ve influenced.

Academic programs

Northwestern history classes attract students from other majors who also want to learn about fascinating events and historical periods. Explore programs


Northwestern’s history professors are active scholars and relational mentors. Their doors—and even their homes—will be open to you and other students who think the past is a blast. Explore faculty

Study off campus

Northwestern offers history majors numerous internship and study abroad opportunities—from museum or public policy study in Washington, D.C., or Chicago to exploring ancient cultures around the globe.

Looking back, moving forward

Interested in graduate school, Brody is looking into medieval studies programs to further explore his interest in history and language arts.

Brody's story

Special advocate

As a law student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jenna Ripke is preparing to use her passion for social justice in a career focused on immigration law.

Jenna's story